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Blog: Dooley and Richt on Joe Paterno

The college football world reacted Sunday to the death of Joe Paterno, the legendary former Penn State coach.

Georgia late tonight put out statements from Vince Dooley and Mark Richt.

Dooley coached against Paterno and he and his wife were friends with the Paternos.  Richt knew him through the world of coaching.

“Barbara and I are saddened by the sudden and untimely loss of our long time dear friend Joe Paterno. His wife Sue was a special friend and our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. Joe was a great role model and represented all that was good about college football. It was tragic that such a person had to endure the heartbreaks of his last months on earth. God Bless Joe and Sue.” — Vince Dooley

“Katharyn and I got to know Coach Paterno and Sue at a Nike coaches retreat. We were the new kids on the block at that time but the Paternos were very gracious in welcoming us into the head coaching fraternity. His record stands alone and his immense contributions to Penn State and the game of college football make him one of the greatest coaches of all time.” — Mark Richt

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